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Recent Work:
Billboard | New York Times | Rolling Stone | GQ | Forbes | MTV | ABC News | Apple Music |Teen Vogue | Good Morning AmericaPaper Magazine |  Genius |Vice i-D | EnRoute

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Jeff Benjamin is a music and travel journalist based in New York City. In addition to his writing, his expertise on pop music—particularly in international music and his speciality as an expert in K-pop (Korean pop)—has been featured in and commissioned as a source and expert for outlets like the New York TimesWashington PostWall Street JournalCNNUSA TodayTime, BBCAllureMTVThe Fader, Yahoo!The Korea Times, The Korea Herald and more.

The Harlem journalist has made on-air appearances and hosted segments for CNN, Billboard, ABC NewsCBS, NBC, Good Morning AmericaE! News, Inside Edition, FOX, BUILD Series, Entertainment TonightCheddarNY1, Extra and more. The 29-year-old has spoken on radio and podcasts for the New York Times’ ‘Popcast’ podcast, NPR ,‘Here & Now,’ Billboard’s Must-Hear Music podcastBarstool Sports and more.

Jeff has been asked to share his expertise as an expert, journalist and consultant to speak at local and international events including SXSW, Comic-Con, and KCON in the United States, MU:CON, the Culture Communication Forum, the Korea Foundation’s Public Diplomacy Week and MBN Y Forums in South Korea, MIDEM in France, and more.

As of Summer 2019, he is currently acting as the international correspondent for We K-Pop, a K-pop variety show filmed in South Korea by KBS World that is aired weekly to more than 100 million viewers around the world. His weekly segments include an in-depth analysis on that week’s guest as well as a featured “Jeff’s Pick of the Week” and analyses on artists rising on the K-pop scene.

“The leading American authority on K-pop.”
The New York Times, 2018

“You’re the perfect person to talk to us about K-pop.”
CNN, 2018

“Jeff is a K-pop expert.”
Billboard Senior Director of Music
Jason Lipshutz, 2018

“Reported about K-pop even before it started blowing up.”
Kim Shinyoung, Award-Winning South Korean Entertainer and TV Host, 2019

 

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Watch: Midem 2019 Panels

I was very lucky to be asked to moderate two panels for the international music conference and festival Midem in Cannes, France this year.

We had some great discussions about the current state of K-pop for songwriting and its North American crossover. You can watch below here:

The Year K-pop Broke in the USA in 2019 – Midem 2019

Songwriting for K-Pop – Midem 2019

I’m available (and love to!) moderate and speak on panels, conferences and other types of engagements about K-pop and all kinds of topics. Get in touch at JeffBenajminWrites@gmail.com and info@JeffBenjaminWrites.com

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News: Promotion at Fuse!

FuseBoxExciting news over at Fuse! As of fall 2015, I am officially taking on the role of Features Editor at Fuse Digital. I’ll be the leading editor for a team of writers and editors for large projects, events, artist content as well as working with writers to create thoughtful, more in-depth content about current events. Very excited and honored to take on this role and becoming an editor in less than three years as a writer!

Stay tuned to Fuse.TV and FM.TV to see what I’m up to!

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Interview with NPR: Boy Band Blues — One Direction, SMAP Reportedly Breaking Up

NPRStudioJeffBenjaminToday was an exciting day as I brought in to NPR’s studios to be a guest and talk about boy bands! With news that both the U.K.’s One Direction and Japan’s SMAP could be breaking up, NPR reached out to me as someone who has knowledge with the East and West pop world. It was a fun little segment on Here & Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, and I hope I’m brought back again soon! That’s a photo I took in the studio to the left with my trusty notebook always at my side!

Listen to My NPR Interview Here!

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Interview With MoonRok: Jeff Benjamin Talks CL’s American Debut, Favorite Idol Interviews, and More

MoonRokInterviewWhile speaking and reporting at KCON Los Angeles 2015, I had a few interview requests to talk about America’s annual K-pop convention and festival along with loads of other topics about K-pop and media. See the on-camera interview I did with the international, Korean music news site MoonRok about my experiences and more. Felt very honored to be reached out by such a great site who wanted to hear my viewpoints. I definitely look forward to having more opportunities to speak about my experiences on camera and promise not to be so expressive with my hands for the next interview.

Click Here for My Video Interview

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Appearance on Fuse’s The Cue

Fuse LogoI was one of the hosts on Fuse’s new digital series The Cue and spoke about pop culture and music news including Nick Cannon donning whiteface to promote his new album White People Party Music, a Dutch beer ad that used Elvis, Tupac and Kurt Cobain’s likenesses to sell beer, Neon Trees’ frontman Tyler Glenn’s coming out, new science findings about dancing, Wu-Tang Clan’s one-of-a-kind album and more. Apparently there were some mic problems for me, but it was still lots of fun.

Watch ‘The Cue’ Here!

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15 Moments That Made K-Pop Even Hotter in 2013 — Fuse.tv

K-Pop Hotter SquareFor a ‘Best of 2013’ assignment at Fuse, I created in-depth list at the 15 moments that further pushed K-pop into the global, mainstream music consciousness. Music can’t ignore moments like another Korean song topping the charts worldwide, a K-pop group’s fanbase outvoting the fans of the West’s biggest stars, SXSW inviting a K-pop act, more Korean stars touring in America and more. It was exciting and fun to further prove K-pop’s expansion as well see fans get excited and riled up about their favorite acts getting the recognition from a United States TV station website.

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